Gaylord Boys Soccer Keeps Sights Set on District Championship
GAYLORD – A 5-2 start vaulted Gaylord boys soccer into the Division 2 state rankings last week at number 14. However, a tough 1-0 loss to Traverse City Central last week dropped them from the rankings, but the Blue Devils aren’t concerned about state rankings.
For them, the goal is to win a district championship. Coach Brandon Contreras said the Blue Devils know they will likely have to beat a really talented Petoskey team to do so and he believes his team is certainly capable.
“We won it two years ago. We had an off year last year and Petoskey got it back,” said Contreras. “And quite honestly at this point they’re the front runners for that but we’re looking to catch them, close that gap and be in the district final game with them and hopefully go on to make a regional run.”
“Honestly I think we’re there. We’ve just got to work hard. We’ve got to bring our A game and there’s not one player on this team who I’m not confident in and it’s just going to be a battle. We’ve got to work harder than the other teams,” said Gaylord senior Justin Boughner.
Gaylord has since lost its last two contests, marking the third straight and dropping them to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big North Conference.
The Blue Devils have a tough week ahead with conference games against two-time state runner-up Traverse City West(5-2-2, 3-0) Tuesday night and Petoskey (8-2-2, 2-1) on Thursday.